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* Lampshaded in ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'', in which [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR Megas's]] PlotSensitiveButton makes it clear that "Technology Does Not Work This Way". Pushing the button results in a reverse-MIRV being fired. [[note]]That is, all the missiles would combine together into one warhead.[[/note]]

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22nd May '17 2:23:08 AM SorPepita
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** Digging into the lore of Battlefleet Gothic produces quite a few more of these. Among other things a "torpedo" is an eighty-metre long self-steering engine that overloads its reactor core when it gets close enough to something, which sounds reasonable enough...until you realize it gets transported from the magazine to the tubes by [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture armies of serfs with pulleys and a trolley]].

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** Digging into the lore of Battlefleet Gothic produces quite a few more of these. Among other things a "torpedo" is an eighty-metre long self-steering engine that overloads its reactor core when it gets close enough to something, which sounds reasonable enough... until you realize it gets transported from the magazine to the tubes by [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture armies of serfs with pulleys and a trolley]].
9th Apr '17 6:25:06 PM WillyFourEyes
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Not so in fiction. When you let a writer of fiction dream up a machine, odds are good that you'll end up with something that is horribly inefficient, [[NoOSHACompliance unsafe]], or just plain [[YouFailPhysicsForever impossible]].

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Not so in fiction. When you let a writer of fiction dream up a machine, odds are good that you'll end up with something that is horribly inefficient, [[NoOSHACompliance unsafe]], or just plain [[YouFailPhysicsForever [[ArtisticLicensePhysics physically impossible]].



A ''very'' frequent cause of AwesomeButImpractical. CoolButInefficient is a subtrope. Related to NoOshaCompliance, as process safety is a pretty big issue for most engineers in RealLife.

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A ''very'' frequent cause of AwesomeButImpractical. CoolButInefficient is a subtrope. Related to NoOshaCompliance, NoOSHACompliance, as process safety is a pretty big issue for most engineers in RealLife.



* ''VideoGame/TheSims'', falling under acceptable breaks of reality, since house building can take a long time without you thinking how many pillars to put to support the entire structure. Of course, there is also the bugs that allow things like a ''floating house''.

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* ''VideoGame/TheSims'', falling under acceptable breaks of reality, since house building can take a long time without you thinking how many pillars to put to support the entire structure. Of course, there is are also the bugs GoodBadBugs that allow things like a ''floating house''.



** The animatronics are far above real life animatronics, being more like full-fledged {{Killer Robot}}s as opposed to computer controlled puppets. Most animatronics are completely unable to walk around due to their wires, power supply etc. typically being below a stage and attached through the legs (which, incidentally, are not often built with functioning joints), and even if they could, they would break apart as animatronics are often designed to break if enough pressure is applied so as to prevent injury. If the [[BrainFood Bite of 87]] really happened, an animatronic's jaw would be the only serious casualty.

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** The animatronics are far above real life animatronics, being more like full-fledged {{Killer Robot}}s as opposed to computer controlled computer-controlled puppets. Most animatronics are completely unable to walk around due to their wires, power supply etc. typically being below a stage and attached through the legs (which, incidentally, are not often built with functioning joints), and even if they could, they would break apart as animatronics are often designed to break if enough pressure is applied so as to prevent injury. If the [[BrainFood Bite of 87]] really happened, an animatronic's jaw would be the only serious casualty.
23rd Mar '17 4:37:28 PM Robotech_Master
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* In ''Film/{{Laura}}'', the clocks' strike is a key plot point in the movie—but wind-up clocks need separate drive trains for moving the hands and striking the time, and so require two keyholes on the clock face. The prop clocks seen in the movie only have one keyhole, which would be for the hands; hence, they could not actually have struck the time.
3rd Feb '17 4:28:58 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''VideoGame/FarmingSimulator 17'', being a [[SimulationGame simulator]], goes out of its way to detail the ''graphics'' of the vehicles and attachments with such things as power take-offs, three-point hitches, ball hitches, and fifth wheels. But when it comes to actually hooking the equipment up, you can get away with all kinds of shenanigans. For example, you could run a beet-harvesting wagon behind a pick-up truck with the harvester's power take-off driveshaft obviously hanging in midair. [[note]]A power take-off is basically an exposed auxiliary driveshaft that allows a vehicle to provide rotational power to some other accessory. It's an essential feature of farm tractors, and fifth-wheel trucks sometimes offer them too. Consumer pickups don't generally offer it standard.[[/note]]
14th Jan '17 12:26:10 AM Zaptech
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms. In fact, something like this ''did'' happen in Real Life -- during the attacks on the World Trade Center, when Tower 2 was struck, all television signals from the New York area stations went down save for those who used satellite TV and one station who had an antenna elsewhere - the other stations had to scramble to set up back up antennas so that they could get back on the air.

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11th Jan '17 2:44:56 PM Blazer
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network depends on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If any of the towers goes down, it takes the entire network with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the relevant "World of Remnant" video, it makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, in real life, no self-respecting engineer would design such a crucial piece of infrastructure without including any redundancy as a safety measure, especially given the likelihood that whatever brought down the tower in the first place is probably the kind of threat that requires extensive real-time coordination between the kingdoms.
kingdoms. In fact, something like this ''did'' happen in Real Life -- during the attacks on the World Trade Center, when Tower 2 was struck, all television signals from the New York area stations went down save for those who used satellite TV and one station who had an antenna elsewhere - the other stations had to scramble to set up back up antennas so that they could get back on the air.
28th Dec '16 6:34:47 AM Morgenthaler
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In RealLife, an engineer's job is to design processes, machines or structures that perform a certain task, and perform it efficiently, reliably and safely. It's a challenging job, involving analytical thinking and mathemathics as well as creativity – and last but not least, ''common sense''.

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In RealLife, an engineer's job is to design processes, machines or structures that perform a certain task, and perform it efficiently, reliably and safely. It's a challenging job, involving analytical thinking and mathemathics as well as creativity -- and last but not least, ''common sense''.



* And then there's failure to think outside the box – that is, failure to consider that there might be [[BoringButPractical other, perhaps less spectacular ways]] to get the job done. Even machines that have been properly "designed" and thought through will make no sense whatsoever if there is clearly another, much more efficient way to do what they do.

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* And then there's failure to think outside the box -- that is, failure to consider that there might be [[BoringButPractical other, perhaps less spectacular ways]] to get the job done. Even machines that have been properly "designed" and thought through will make no sense whatsoever if there is clearly another, much more efficient way to do what they do.



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28th Dec '16 6:33:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': The Nazis have rebuilt downtown Berlin according to Hitler's master plan, with [[SigilSpam swastika-festooned]] megastructures all over the place, most conspicuously the truly-enormous ''Volkshalle''. Unlike VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder, which handwaved it with a [[AppliedPhlebotinum "super concrete,"]] no attempt is made to explain how such enormous structures can stand in a ''city built on a swamp''.[[note]]In real life, ''Reichsminister'' Albert Speer had several concrete test pylons placed around Berlin to evaluate the feasibility of Hitler's dream city. They can still be seen today, although they've sunk considerably since 1944 and are still sinking. Berlin's underlying soil is too soft and damp to take that kind of load.[[/note]] Another engineering problem with the ''Volkshalle'' is also left out, namely that a dome that size would have its own indoor precipitation because of the humidity brought in by 100,000 or more people standing inside.
10th Nov '16 11:42:00 AM Sar-Chasm
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** They decided that it would be a great idea if instead of metal wiring, most of the ships utterly vital systems are connected with gel packs, which are basically biological goo. Not only does it open up engineering weaknesses that no good old copper wire would face (such as one instance where it was poisoned by Neelix's [[LethalChef cooking]]) but also cannot be replicated or grown. Yes, they chose the one system that couldn't be made on the fly with their replicators. They also have have other engineering slip ups like have no emergency lights and ''manual'' door overrides that don't work if it doesn't have ''power.''

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** They decided that it would be a great idea if instead of metal wiring, most of the ships ship's utterly vital systems are connected with gel packs, which are basically biological goo. Not only does it open up engineering weaknesses that no good old copper wire would face (such as one instance where it was poisoned by Neelix's [[LethalChef cooking]]) but also cannot be replicated or grown. Yes, they chose the one system that couldn't be made on the fly with their replicators. They also have have other engineering slip ups like have no emergency lights and ''manual'' door overrides that don't work if it doesn't have ''power.''
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